SOFEX 2018

A great show [SOFEX18D3]

10 May 2018

With a dramatic display of new Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) air assets as drawcards, alongside the latest technologies and capabilities in special operations and homeland security, the 12th edition of SOFEX impresses mightily.

Under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II, SOFEX 2018 has once more brought together many leading international defence and security manufacturers.

“SOFEX represents a global forum for dialogue, linking countries from around the world for international peace and security,” said Amer Tabbah, managing director of SOFEX. He noted that 350 companies from 35 countries are participating in the exhibition, with more than 400 official delegates representing 53 nations attending the event.

A full-day conference was successfully held in Amman, discussing the topical issue of ‘Hybrid Warfare in the Grey Zone – the Ever-changing Operational Environment’. The Middle East Special Operations Commanders conference was addressed by top-level local and international military speakers, all sharing their insights in dealing with evolving threats to regional and global peace.

SOFEX has been under the direct supervision of HRH Prince Feisal Bin Al-Hussein since 1996, and is fully supported by the Jordan Armed Forces and security agencies.

Although the opening ceremony, involving a stunning tactical demonstration by Jordan’s Special Operations Forces, took place in overcast and windy conditions, it still awed the assembled guests.

Equally impressive are the static displays featuring military and security vehicles, as well as the latest RJAF aircraft acquisitions. These include the world’s largest helicopter, the Mil Mi-26T2, which dwarfs other aircraft parked alongside.

The six exhibition halls are brimming with innovations in defence technology and national security.

The King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau, KADDB Investment Group and its affi liates are lead participants in a dedicated hall to showcase their latest locally produced technologies and designs. Of special importance are the Jordan Armed Forces and security agencies, which feature their capabilities and training.

As Tabbah concludes: “We are proud that we as Jordanians come together to host an internationally acclaimed exhibition and conference that positions the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on the map of global defence exhibitions.”

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